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Tapes 'N Tapes

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Tapes 'N Tapes performs "Insistor"

with Ladyhawk and the Harlem Shakes

Minneapolis has been a righteous, rock music mecca. In case you haven’t been keeping track, Bob Dylan left a little Minnesota town to spend time there, then came the iconic soul-rock reinventor Prince, then tuneful punks the Replacements and Soul Asylum, country rock stalwarts the Jayhawks, the fractured poetics of Lifter Puller (who begat the Hold Steady) and now one of the more notable American indie bands in recent memory, Tapes ’N Tapes. Josh Greir (singer/guitarist), Jeremy Hanson (drummer), Matt Kretzman (guitarist) and Erik Applewick (bassist) have been continually pegged as musical descendents of Pavement and the Pixies for their witty and studied brand of guitar-strewn indie. Their 2006 release The Loon (XL Recordings/Ibid Records) is a feast of literate rock set with dead perfect hooks and fit harmonies. On the heels of a lauded performance a couple weeks back at Coachella festival, Tapes ’N Tapes are bringing that sound to the Queen City. On tour with Tapes ’N Tapes is the outstanding Vancouver quartet Ladyhawk, following up last years’ eponymous LP with the vinyl-only Fight for Anarchy on May 22. Brooklyn’s the Harlem Shakes open up.

Thursday, May 17 at 8pm. Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk (855-3931) $8/advance (Ticketmaster), $10/at door